Introduction to Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak, Alaska, in Kodiak Island county, is 250 miles S of Anchorage, Alaska. As of the year 2000 census, 6,334 people lived in Kodiak.
Native Americans have lived in present-day Kodiak for about 7,000 years. The word 'Kadiak' in their language means an island. The Russians first discovered the island in 1763. Captian Cook of Britain visited the area in 1778. Alexander Baranov, a fur trapper, built a warehouse and a settlement where the city of Kodiak now stands. In 1784, Shelikov founded a Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay . His objective was to continue the sea otter hunting industry and restrict British fur trade. It was named Pavlov Harbour. The U.S. constructed a navy base in Kodiak in 1938. In 1941, Kodiak was incorporated.
Kodiak and nearby Attractions
- Kodiak City - Museum
- Alutiiq Museum
- Baranov Museum
- Fort Abercombie State Historic Site
- Shuyak State Park
Things To Do In Kodiak
The city of Kodiak has many parks. One can visit Pasagshak State Recreation Site which provides camping, fishing, and picnic facilities. Book lovers will enjoy the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library. There are a number of reservoirs including Lower Reservoir and Lake Bettinger Lower Reservoi. One can also visit the Evangelical Museum.
The Kodiak Airport is nearby.
Kodiak Higher Education
The University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, and Evergreen State College offer opportunities for higher education.